A white 2002 mercury villager minivan has been my vehicle for 12 years. I’ve passed the average age of the vehicles on the road in America. We’ve traveled all over America in this van. It has had its share of repair work but nothing majorly wrong. It also has its quirks; the gas gauge doesn’t go all the way up so you have to track your fuel by mileage, the seat belt clip holder is gone so the buckle falls all the way to the floor without our fix of a safety-pin, the back window wiper doesn’t work, and the power steering went out years ago. Other than that this vehicle been such a blessing.
Little did we know when we drove it off the dealership floor (literally) that God would show us what it means when He owns everything. We have not only used this van for our family on a daily basis, we’ve taken girls to Christian conferences, women to Christian conferences, children to church camps, made trips around the country, carried luggage for a youth mission trip out east, lawn equipment for local mission work, food for the local food pantries, furniture, tables for garage sales, taken elderly people to doctor’s appointments, picked up stranded church members from the interstate, gone on several vacations, moving to and from college (again and again), and have even lent it out to our church family on a few occasions.
You see, we believe that everything that we have comes from God. It is His. It is all to be used for His kingdom as the opportunities arise. We do our best not to get too attached to stuff as it isn’t really ours and it won’t last for an eternity.
When we release our claim to things and give their use to God for His purposes and pleasure it is amazing how He can use all of it!
He is the one who turned Moses staff into a snake, He made the oil flow until all the jars were full, and He turned the water into wine.
And Elisha said to her, “What shall I do for you? Tell me; what have you in the house?” And she said, “Your servant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.” Then he said, “Go outside, borrow vessels from all your neighbors, empty vessels and not too few. Then go in and shut the door behind yourself and your sons and pour into all these vessels. And when one is full, set it aside.” So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another vessel.” And he said to her, “There is not another.” Then the oil stopped flowing. (2 Kings 4:2-6 ESV)
Ask God how He wants you to view and use your possessions. You may be surprised at what opportunities arise in the near future. God multiplies the little we have to offer when we offer it willingly in faith.
And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth, so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? (Luke 16:9-12 ESV)
Be faithful with what you have. Seek God’s purposes for your life and your stuff.
Be encouraged. Press on.